October 8, 2022- by Steven E. Greer
Since I started this Golf Project in 2016, there have been many times where I thought I had solved the mysteries of the swing, only to go out to the golf course and be brutally disappointed. That is why I quit golfing several times.
It is also one reason I have not played golf at all this year. I have gone to the range almost daily, but I have never played a round. My Instagram friends have started to wonder about me.
I did not want to prematurely go out and ruin a work in progress. If I could not reproduce a good swing at least three or four times in the golf range, then I knew I had not solved anything. (However, the main reason I have not golfed has been due to a family medical issue.)
Well, it was a beautiful blue-sky Fall day today and the golf course was empty. On a whim, instead of hitting range balls, I went out to the course for the first time this year. I had zero warm-up shots or putts. I played speed golf.
To make a long story short, I think I fundamentally fixed my swing and understand it now. I was hitting drives like I have never hit before.
It took me a lot longer than I thought it would, but I actually achieved my goal of this Golf Project. I figured out how to swing a golf club properly at age 54.
I cannot believe the club speed I am getting with proper form. Keep in mind, not only have I not golfed all year, but I stopped lifting weights in a proper gym too. I have not bench-pressed or squatted this year. I just do hotel dumbbells. It is not affecting my speed. I am legitimately carrying the ball 290-yards. My iron club speed is still 5 to 10-mph faster than the average tour.
More importantly, I am deadly straight. I can hit pretty much every fairway. When I miss, it is not some big curvy miss or double-cross pull. It is just a straight push.
My total driving distance today ranged from 300 to 353 yards. It depended on the strong wind.
My putting is still my competitive advantage. I have not hit putts all year. With no practice putts before the round, I sank a 40-footer for birdie and a 20-footer for par. My wedges from 120-yards in are pretty sharp too.
Fortunately, I am still in good health and I can compete with anyone of any age. That means when I turn 55 next year, I should be quite competitive in USGA senior events.
- Hole 1- I hit it 300-yards. It was poorly hit and I used a pause swing. I had no warm up balls.
- Hole 2- I hit the face well, but I missed the fairway with a straight push.
- Hole 3- Par 3- Thin 7-iron.
- Hole 4- I hit another slight push and missed the fairway.
- Hole 5- I hit it 330-yards into the center of fairway. I was getting warmed up.
- Hole 6- Par 5 downwind- I hit it 353-yards (with a nice 4-iron onto the green)
- Hole 7- Par 4, uphill and into the wind- I hit it 310-yards. I lifted my head on the 114-yard wedge but made 40-foot birdie putt.
- Hole 8- I hit it 326-yards.
- Hole 9- Par 3, 230-yards- I hit accidentally a nasty little beautiful stinger with a 5-wood to pin high. This was a new one. My swing is definitely much different now.